Journal of Nursing Education

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Educational Innovations 

Multidimensional Approaches to Extending Nurse Faculty Resources Without Testing Faculty’s Patience

Eileen Deges Curl, PhD, RN; Sheila Smith, PhD, RN; LeAnn Chisholm, MSN, RN; Janet Hamilton, MSN, RN; Leah Anne McGee, MSN, MEd, C-FNP

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The diminishing number of nurse faculty requires the use of multidimensional strategies to extend faculty resources, especially for clinical courses. Chronic health problems and decreased endurance for demanding clinical courses often forces experienced faculty to retire early, increasing faculty shortages. The use of on-campus, high-fidelity simulation laboratories provides a learning environment that is less physically demanding than the hospital setting, while enabling older faculty to share their experience with students. Using high-fidelity simulations may also attract younger nurses to become educators. In addition to using clinical simulations, faculty resources can be extended through sharing faculty among nursing programs, using graduate teaching assistants in laboratory settings, and having senior nursing students validate underclassmen’s competence in performing basic nursing skills.

AUTHORS

Received: December 12, 2006

Accepted: December 20, 2006

Dr. Curl is Chairperson and Professor, Dr. Smith is Director of the Edna Horn Gay Learning Center and Assistant Professor, and Ms. Chisholm is Coordinator of Simulations and Instructor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, Beaumont, Ms. Hamilton is Chairperson, Department of Allied Health, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur, and Ms. McGee is Director of the Upward Mobility Program, Lamar State College-Orange, Orange, Texas.

This manuscript is based, in part, on work supported by the Nursing, Allied Health and Other Health-related Education Grant Program, a grant program funded by proceeds from the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Address correspondence to Eileen Deges Curl, PhD, RN, Chairperson and Professor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, PO Box 10081, Beaumont, TX 77710; e-mail: eileen.curl@lamar.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

The diminishing number of nurse faculty requires the use of multidimensional strategies to extend faculty resources, especially for clinical courses. Chronic health problems and decreased endurance for demanding clinical courses often forces experienced faculty to retire early, increasing faculty shortages. The use of on-campus, high-fidelity simulation laboratories provides a learning environment that is less physically demanding than the hospital setting, while enabling older faculty to share their experience with students. Using high-fidelity simulations may also attract younger nurses to become educators. In addition to using clinical simulations, faculty resources can be extended through sharing faculty among nursing programs, using graduate teaching assistants in laboratory settings, and having senior nursing students validate underclassmen’s competence in performing basic nursing skills.

AUTHORS

Received: December 12, 2006

Accepted: December 20, 2006

Dr. Curl is Chairperson and Professor, Dr. Smith is Director of the Edna Horn Gay Learning Center and Assistant Professor, and Ms. Chisholm is Coordinator of Simulations and Instructor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, Beaumont, Ms. Hamilton is Chairperson, Department of Allied Health, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur, and Ms. McGee is Director of the Upward Mobility Program, Lamar State College-Orange, Orange, Texas.

This manuscript is based, in part, on work supported by the Nursing, Allied Health and Other Health-related Education Grant Program, a grant program funded by proceeds from the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Address correspondence to Eileen Deges Curl, PhD, RN, Chairperson and Professor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, PO Box 10081, Beaumont, TX 77710; e-mail: eileen.curl@lamar.edu.

ABSTRACT

The diminishing number of nurse faculty requires the use of multidimensional strategies to extend faculty resources, especially for clinical courses. Chronic health problems and decreased endurance for demanding clinical courses often forces experienced faculty to retire early, increasing faculty shortages. The use of on-campus, high-fidelity simulation laboratories provides a learning environment that is less physically demanding than the hospital setting, while enabling older faculty to share their experience with students. Using high-fidelity simulations may also attract younger nurses to become educators. In addition to using clinical simulations, faculty resources can be extended through sharing faculty among nursing programs, using graduate teaching assistants in laboratory settings, and having senior nursing students validate underclassmen’s competence in performing basic nursing skills.

AUTHORS

Received: December 12, 2006

Accepted: December 20, 2006

Dr. Curl is Chairperson and Professor, Dr. Smith is Director of the Edna Horn Gay Learning Center and Assistant Professor, and Ms. Chisholm is Coordinator of Simulations and Instructor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, Beaumont, Ms. Hamilton is Chairperson, Department of Allied Health, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur, and Ms. McGee is Director of the Upward Mobility Program, Lamar State College-Orange, Orange, Texas.

This manuscript is based, in part, on work supported by the Nursing, Allied Health and Other Health-related Education Grant Program, a grant program funded by proceeds from the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Address correspondence to Eileen Deges Curl, PhD, RN, Chairperson and Professor, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, PO Box 10081, Beaumont, TX 77710; e-mail: eileen.curl@lamar.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20070401-11

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